African Union headquarters
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The African Union (AU) has secured more than 100 million U.S. dollars, and discussions are still ongoing on ways to utilize the fund, a senior official of the 55-member pan-African bloc has said.

Speaking to the press on Friday in the framework of the 33rd AU summit being held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Samate Cessouma Minata, dwelt upon the 2019 AU theme of the year on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons nexus with that the year of 2020 summit theme, silencing the guns in Africa.

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Asked about the Peace Fund and if it is utilized for refugees and displaced person, the Commissioner replied that a lot of contributions have been secured and discussions are going on how to use the resource.

“We have had a lot of contributions, more than 100 million U.S. dollars, Chairperson Faki has noted that we are discussing to see how we use this fund and the processes are ongoing and as a department of political affairs we are part of the board of directors of that Fund,” she said.

Reiterating that there are a number of conflicts on the continent, the Commissioner said the fund would not be used solely for refugees and displaced persons, rather to different initiatives and activities dealing with issues of conflicts.

“It won’t be only for refugees and displaced persons; we are talking of 34 conflicts in the world, and 14 of them are in Africa; it is a lot of conflicts. So, there is prevention, conflict resolution, there is reconciliation, there is reconstruction; and the problem of refugees. So, the peace fund will be used for all those issues,” she said.

The Peace Fund was established in 1993 as the principal financing instrument for the peace and security activities of the then Organization for African Unity (OAU) and was launched on Nov. 17, 2018 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Enditem

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